Perfectionism can be a good and a bad thing at the same time. We strive for it, but sometimes the result doesn't exceed our expectations. And that's okay.
Not every single artwork you make has to be a masterpiece. Make some sketches, speedpaints, studies - just do something. See your flaws, be aware of them - and work on them. Don't put yourself down with negativity. It never helps. It takes time to learn, to gain new skills and make art. Through many hours of work we achieve what we want. And it takes time.
It's so easy to give up. To think - what's the point in doing this, if the artwork is never perfect. Art doesn't have to be always perfect, it has to be made. We have to get used to the fact that we'll never be good enough - there is a beauty in that, because we have something to strive for, to experience and observe.
Making art is difficult and yet it's fun. Enjoy the process, get in the zone (when you aren't aware of what's around, not getting disctracted by anything). Make something you'll be proud of, put your soul in it, push the boundaries. Don't focus on tiny details - refining won't work if the fundamentals are wrong. Learn them - think about what's the main thing about your artwork. What's the focal point - be aware of composition, values, perspective etc. What's the story, what makes it unique - focus on what matters.
I have to admit that I'm a perfectionist myself. I rather try do my best every single time, than make something that I don't like afterwards. As long as It's not preventing me from making new stuff, I don't mind it. I'm aware of my flaws and I keep working on them. That's the only way to cope with that. Not getting way too attached to artworks, to be able to get over failing and just start over or move on. Even failed pieces of art are essential - we have to learn and continue on our artistic journey.
Art is what we do, when we are truly alive. (Seth Godin) So don't let perfectionism to keep you away from making amazing artworks. Let the passion and peristence carry you on creating. And see what happens.
So, how about you - what are your thoughts about perfectionism?
Have a wonderful week!
“Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.”
― Salvador Dalí